You’re ENGAGED, now what?

engagement

Congratulations, you’re engaged! It’s such an exciting time for you and your fiancé. I loved the moment I got engaged, it was on Christmas day 4 years ago and I was not expecting it, at all! Christmas was already my favourite time of year and that one was filled with even more drinks, celebrations and parties than normal.

I had always said as soon as I get engaged I want to plan my wedding (probably why it took Kevin 8 years to propose) and my wonderful finance certainly hadn’t been thinking about planning the wedding, as he had been planning the proposal for months before, something we often forget about! It’s the first thing people ask, we decided to get married in the summer, on 6th August, less than 8 months after our engagement! We decided on this date because we had family coming over from Australia, it was important for them to be there. Yes I would have liked longer to save and plan but our day was perfect, everything I wished for.

So now the planning begins. Of course you will start off by calling your nearest and dearest by phone (the announcing on Facebook can come much later). You may need to get your ring resized and insured! Then you can begin on some practical plans.

1. Budget – This can be a hard topic and I certainly underestimated how much I would need to spend on a wedding but it’s an important discussion to have with your fiancé and parents.

2. Start your guest list – Begin to make a list of everyone you would like to invite, it’s also a good idea to have this discussion with parents as they might want to add to this list. This will give you an idea of the size of venue you will need.

3. Begin to think about dates and venues for your wedding,

4. Send save the dates – if your wedding is more than a year away it’s worth sending out a Save the Date card, especially if it’s around summer or Christmas when people have holidays or events planned.

5. Go onto Pinterest – I am addicted to Pinterest and wish I had know about it before my wedding. It’s such a great source of inspiration for all things wedding related.

6. Ask around – ask friends and family if they know a photographer, venues, cake designer, florists or dress shops. I found it was best to get recommendation. If you’re still not sure attend some local wedding fairs.

7. Say THANKS! Send a thank you note for all the lovely gifts you receive.

8. ENJOY! Make sure you enjoy the process, at times it can be very stressful and you will want your big day to be perfect. Just remember what it’s all about. You are marrying the love of your life, that’s whats important.

Some of my favourite blogs and websites for inspiration include Rock my Wedding, Style Me Pretty, and you can’t beat a bit of Martha Stewart! Happy planning.